Kart king Karl defies the odds to take second

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GO-KARTER Karl Bonney stormed through the pack to take second place in a grand final race – after starting from the back of the grid.

Karl Bonney, 16, from Piccotts End Lane, Hemel, started at the back of the grid for the grand final at the meet in Kimbolton after being forced off the track by another driver in the previous race.

His kart was smashed in the incident and he and his team were forced to completely rebuild it.

Karl was not about to give up, though – after rebuilding the kart, he shot through the pack and ended up just missing out on the top spot, posting the fastest lap time and beating the top driver from England.

However, Karl’s financial woes have led him to seek sponsorship. His father is retired after suffering three strokes and his mother, a foster carer, provides the only source of income.

Karl said: “Motorsport is very expensive. It costs about £1,000 a weekend, with the top drivers spending between £100,000 to £200,000 a year.”

Karl races in the Junior Rotax championship and drives a 2-stroke 125cc kart, which can reach speeds of up to 125mph.

He added: “The difference between top drivers is so slight that if you get one corner wrong, your out of the top 10.”

To contact Karl regarding sponsorship, call 01442 256525